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Last updated:
30/07/2018

How will the local authority assess my income?

  1. Overview
  2. What is residential care and will I have to pay?
  3. What is capital and how will the local authority assess this?
  4. How will the local authority assess my income?
  5. What is the most I will have to pay?
  6. What are top-up fees?
  7. What are Deferred Payment Agreements (DPA)?
  8. The Mental Health Act and section 117 aftercare
  9. What if I cannot afford the charges?
  10. Next steps

Your income can include most benefits and personal pensions. Some of the benefits that are not included are:

  • Mobility component of disability living allowance
  • Mobility component of personal independence payment
  • Child benefit, and
  • Child tax credit

This is just some of the common benefits that are not included. It is not a complete list.

If the local authority treats your disability-related benefits as income, they should also consider if you have extra costs because of your disability. For example, they may leave you with extra money to pay for a carer that you have arranged for yourself.

Any income you get from being employed or self-employed is not counted. There are some other types of income that are not counted, such as child maintenance.

The same rules apply when assessing notional income as they do for assessing notional capital. For example, if you have a pension that you could be receiving but have chosen not to claim it, then the local authority can treat you as if you are receiving it.

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  1. Overview
  2. What is residential care and will I have to pay?
  3. What is capital and how will the local authority assess this?
  4. How will the local authority assess my income?
  5. What is the most I will have to pay?
  6. What are top-up fees?
  7. What are Deferred Payment Agreements (DPA)?
  8. The Mental Health Act and section 117 aftercare
  9. What if I cannot afford the charges?
  10. Next steps
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